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Rookie Scouting Portfolio author Matt Waldman is an NFL outsider, but his evaluation of skill prospects has earned the attention of NFL insiders. The RSP Cast shares Matt's process and analysis of the NFL, NFL Draft prospects, and the craft of evaluating talent.

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    RSP Quick Game Wk 8 with Mark Schofield and Matt Waldman: Chase, Cards, Chiefs, Eagles, and Joust

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 76:20

    Mark Schofield and Matt Waldman tackle the NFL topics ranging from Ja'Marr Chase to Garrett Wilson in this episode of the popular RSP Quick Game.  Topics: What's going on with Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs' offense? Why Ja'Marr Chase is proving he was the best choice for the Cincinnati Bengals ahead of LT Penei Sewell. Is Miami making a good decision to pursue Deshaun Watson? Is the NFL's handling of the Watson situation as infuriating as Gregg Rosenthal opines? Is Nick Srianni's scheme getting the best from Jalen Hurts and do the Eagles have a personnel selection problem with wide receivers? College Prospects: Players who've impressed us and players who've underwhelmed us. Are the Cardinals a legitimate Super Bowl contender or a one-and-done playoff team with a great record? Kyle Pitts-Xavien Howard: Do you believe in pivotal moments that change how the NFL prepares for an individual opponent? Favorite arcade/video games growing up. For the most in-depth analysis of offensive skill players available (QB, RB, WR, and TE), download the 2021  Rookie Scouting Portfolio for $21.95.   Matt's new RSP Dynasty Rankings and Two-Year Projections Package is available for $24.95 If you're a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2020 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that's included at no additional charge.   Best yet, a proceeds from sales are set aside for a year-end donation to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse.

    Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast: Conversations with Jon Ledyard — Part I Formative Experiences

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 91:26

    Matt Waldman's RSP Cast begins a non-football podcast series with Pewter Report and former Draft Network writer Jon Ledyard about our personal experiences pertaining to the subject of race in America.  This is one of several conversations Jon and I will have about race in America from our perspective. We believe that before white people can truly help, they have to learn how to become allies and that takes individual work. So, our primary goal is to target a white audience: People who may not think racism is as serious of an issue as it once was decades ago but have become open to the possibility they are mistaken. People who are empathic with the idea that racism is a societal problem but don't know where to begin. People who see themselves as allies and believe being an active voice is important. Jon and I believe in supporting personal growth in this area. It doesn't mean we can lead individuals step-by-step through the process — that hard and humbling work has to be done on one's own and with people who make it a priority to do this work with others. We hope to share our experiences and hope many of you can identify with parts of our paths, gain something meaningful from them, and seek out other educational resources. I'm especially hoping those who consider themselves allies will listen to this podcast. Good intentions don't always lead to helpful results and, too often, can unintentionally make things harder for the people allies are trying to help. From my conversations with black friends and family, learning how to become even better allies and followers to those you're fighting for is an important and often unbroached topic. I have no problem saying that has been an area of growth for me in recent years. While we touch on this in greater detail this week, we build the foundation for these topics with a discussion of our formative experiences: What we learned about race in America as children from direct and indirect influences. How what we learned shaped us as young adults. Why what we learned created huge gaps of knowledge, awareness, misinformation, and ignorance. How what we often learned created mixed messages that were damaging for our ability to relate. How we began to grow past these formative lessons. Why thinking you're an ally and actually behaving like an ally on this topic are very different. Why becoming an ally starts with self-awareness and becoming the ally, not the hero. How did Jon decide to create this series has a back story. My first experience interacting with Jon years ago was not a positive one. We had a debate about an article about black quarterbacks. And while our interaction didn't deteriorate into anything ugly between us, I didn't think Jon appreciated the nuance of the topic he was covering when considering it within the larger scope of the societal influence on the topic. Years later, Jon had to leave the Draft Network over social media comments he had made several years prior that resurfaced and, I'm speculating on this, the company had concerns about the reaction of its sponsors despite Jon already doing a lot of the hard work and having the desire to be a direct and indirect influence on helping others take that path. Listening to Jon's farewell to the Draft Network that he posted on YouTube, I was struck by his accountability, signs of what he had learned about a subject that he had once known little about, and his desire to help. I shared it with my wife, Alicia, and she had the same thoughts. Soon after, I got in touch with Jon and we had multiple coversations about our journeys as white men in America learning about racism. It evolved into the desire to do a series of podcast conversations around this topic. Because we're both busy with several demands, we don't have a firm schedule for each show but this is an important issue for us and we expect to do more shows within the calendar year and beyond.

    Matt Waldman’s RSP Quick Game with Mark Schofield: Week 7

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 75:04

    Mark Schofield and Matt Waldman tackle the NFL topics ranging from Odell Beckam to Schofield's new cat agility training in this episode of the popular RSP Quick Game.  Topics: Thoughts on the Patriots-Cowboys thriller — Prescott, Jones, and Stevenson. Why Justin Herbert's career has created irrational behavior from fans and media about Tua Tagovailoa and Chase Young. Sam Darnold's unsuccessful version of "bro football." Quarterbacks audibling to the run. All-Backup Skill Review: Quarterbacks, Running Backs, Wide Receivers, and Tight Ends you'd use as starters to field an expansion team who are legitimate backups in the league today. Six months later: Davis Mills or Zach Wilson? From All Angles: Odell Beckham or Diontae Johnson: Which offenses do Mark and Matt feel are on the rise during the next 4-6 weeks? Do the Ravens have an inherent matchup advantage against the Chargers? The merits of Mike Tomlin beyond the average barroom-informed-by-talk-radio thoughts. TV Shows that we like more than than public. Local restaurants we like. For the most in-depth analysis of offensive skill players available (QB, RB, WR, and TE), download the 2021  Rookie Scouting Portfolio for $21.95.   Matt's new RSP Dynasty Rankings and Two-Year Projections Package is available for $24.95 If you're a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2020 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that's included at no additional charge.   Best yet, a percentage of each sale is set aside for a year-end donation to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse.

    Matt Waldman’s RSP Scout Talk: RB Therapy with J. Moyer

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 80:40

    FF Astronauts analyst and RSP alum J. Moyer returns to the RSP Cast for some scout talk, and a much needed sanity check for the both of us, about NFL running backs, including the 49ers' backfield and second-year pros.  This is my favorite podcast of the year so far for so many reasons. J's great people and it's always fun to catch up. He may also be the only analyst I know who I can have the conversations about running back play that few can have and have it translate to the listener. This is much-needed running back therapy for anyone out there who wants to understand the position (or thinks they have a handle but need an intervention); San Francisco has set the bar too high for its best players and it's showing up on the field. Detroit is getting the best from its running back room. Why Jonathan Taylor would have been a better fit in Kansas City and Clyde Edwards Helaire would have been an ideal fit in Tampa Bay. Running back decision-making is a lot like quarterback decision-making, but as the game has evolved fans and teams have maintained a 1960s understanding of the position that's rooted in speed, strength, and the vastly overstated, "instincts." If there's a young back whose excpetional talent proves the rule, it's Antonio Gibson. In contrast, James Robinson does everything well that you ask for a runner -- something many teams say they want and set the bar too high -- and Urban Meyer didn't want it. This was a therapeutic conversation for J and I and one I think is a much-needed dose of reality about the position that the masses misunderstand on a large scale. For the most in-depth analysis of offensive skill players available (QB, RB, WR, and TE), download the 2021  Rookie Scouting Portfolio for $21.95.   Matt's new RSP Dynasty Rankings and Two-Year Projections Package is available for $24.95 If you're a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2020 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that's included at no additional charge.   Best yet, a percentage of each sale is set aside for a year-end donation to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse.

    Matt Waldman’s RSP Quick Game with Mark Schofield: Week 6

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 77:19

    Mark Schofield and Matt Waldman tackle the NFL topics ranging from Justin Herbert's rise to Jon Gruden's fall in this episode of the popular RSP Quick Game.  Topics: Our assessment of the process of scouting Justin Herbert and his transition from Oregon to the NFL. Kadarius Toney's extended debut. The potential rise of 2022 NFL Draft QB prospect, Kenny Pickett of Pitt. Buffalo DE Gregory Rousseau's game. Trey Lance's first start, the game plan Kyle Shanahan used, and Lance's physical style as a runner. Thoughts on Jon Gruden's firing, the NFL's investigation, racism, and cancel culture. Dan Campbell: Coach of the Year Candidate? Match the Receiver to the Route/Game Scenario, starring: DeAndre Hopkins, Ja'Marr Chase, Jarvis Landry, Hunter Renfrow, CeeDee Lamb, and Robert Woods. Non-football entertainment recommendations. Montana or Young? Sanders or Sayers? Haynes or Revis. For the most in-depth analysis of offensive skill players available (QB, RB, WR, and TE), download the 2021  Rookie Scouting Portfolio for $21.95.   Matt's new RSP Dynasty Rankings and Two-Year Projections Package is available for $24.95 If you're a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2020 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that's included at no additional charge.   Best yet, a percentage of each sale is set aside for a year-end donation to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse.

    Matt Waldman’s RSP Quick Game with Mark Schofield: Week 5

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 66:48


    TD Wire's Mark Schofield joins Matt Waldman for a conversation about the Brady vs Jones, Justin Field's mulligan, Trey Lance's first start this weekend, Baker Mayfield's future, and a trip to M.Waldman's QB Frankenstein Lab.  Dear Readers and Listeners (as my esteemed partner in crime likes to address you), Mark and I continue delivering the goods for you craving the whys behind the whats: What did the Patriots do to attempt to limit Tom Brady? Did it work? Is Mac Jones' arm talent a short-term or long-term issue? What do we expect from Trey Lance in his first start against Arizona? What were the changes the Bears made to its offense? Matt Waldman's Baker Mayfield Therapy Session with Dr. Schofield The best player at any position who hasn't reached his production peak in the NFL. The best plays or game plans we saw this week. 10,000-ft. thoughts about the 2022 NFL Draft class. M.Waldman's Build-a-QB Frankenstein Lab: Picking parts to create a monster from Doug Flutie's body. The teams we would want to see Flutie, Warren Moon, Steve McNair, and Jim McMahon play in today's NFL. Tales from the Wife... Enjoy! For the most in-depth analysis of offensive skill players available (QB, RB, WR, and TE), download the 2021  Rookie Scouting Portfolio for $21.95.   Matt's new RSP Dynasty Rankings and Two-Year Projections Package is available for $24.95 If you're a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2020 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that's included at no additional charge.   Best yet, a percentage of each sale is set aside for a year-end donation to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse.


    Matt Waldman’s RSP Quick Game w/Mark Schofield: Week 4

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 82:35


    TD Wire's Mark Schofield joins Matt Waldman for a conversation about Justin Fields, Trey Sermon, Rams and Vikings' offensive play design, the Washington defense, Dawson Knox, and the most exciting sporting events we've ever seen.   Dear Readers and Listeners (as my esteemed partner in crime likes to address you), Mark and I continue delivering the goods for you craving the whys behind the whats: Is Matthew Stafford getting the credit he has deserved for years? Is Mark rooting for Brady or the Patriots this weekend? Thoughts on Trey Sermon's utilization. Thoughts on Justin Fields' debut beyond the deserved coach-bashing. Why has Washington's celebrated defense underwhelmed? Hot Take exposed: Anthony Lynn held back Mike Williams. Game plans and play designs Mark and I loved in Week 3. Our emerging players of note. Is Ben Roethlisberger done? A trio of non-football questions involving love stories, cops, baseball, and boxing. Enjoy! For the most in-depth analysis of offensive skill players available (QB, RB, WR, and TE), download the 2021  Rookie Scouting Portfolio for $21.95.   Matt's new RSP Dynasty Rankings and Two-Year Projections Package is available for $24.95 If you're a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2020 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that's included at no additional charge.   Best yet, a percentage of each sale is set aside for a year-end donation to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse.


    Matt Waldman’s RSP Quick Game with Mark Schofield: NFL Week 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 83:57

    TD Wire's Mark Schofield joins Matt Waldman for a conversation about the Ravens' Turnaround, the value of assessing Zach Wilson's quicksand performance, streaking, and the sustainability of Cordarrelle Patterson's emergence in Atlanta .  Dear Readers and Listeners (as my esteemed partner in crime likes to address you), Mark and I continue delivering the goods for you craving the whys behind the whats: What was most notable about the Ravens' turnaround on Sunday Night? Are the Chiefs losing its powerhouse status or is this just and adjustment period? Can Cordarrelle Patterson become a thing in 2021 fantasy leagues and why hasn't he been before? Is it even worth analyzing Zach Wilson after last week's quicksand performance? Is Sam Darnold feeling vindicated although he may also feel for Wilson right now? What are the 1-2 most improvable skills for QB, RB, WR, and TE when transitioning to the pro game? Do we believe that Rob Gronkowski doesn't sutdy film on his own? College players that caught our eyes this month. Things we've tried and loved/hated or would never try. Why expectations for Antonio Gibson's receiving skills were overestimated in the fantasy community. Enjoy! For the most in-depth analysis of offensive skill players available (QB, RB, WR, and TE), download the 2021  Rookie Scouting Portfolio for $21.95.   Matt's new RSP Dynasty Rankings and Two-Year Projections Package is available for $24.95 If you're a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2020 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that's included at no additional charge.   Best yet, a percentage of each sale is set aside for a year-end donation to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse.

    Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast: Film and Data with PFF’s Dwain McFarland: NFL Week 1 Aftermath

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 101:17

    PFF's Dwain McFarland joins Matt Waldman's RSP Cast for a reprise of the Film and Data show. This week, they examine several teams and players from the NFL's openers.  Dwain McFarland and I get a lot of great feedback when we do shows together, which is fantastic when you consider that we can spend 40-60 minutes alone on one team. Listeners enjoy they way we try to match the film and the data and if we can't, we discuss the range of potential outcomes due to the differences. This week, Dwain and I cover a variety of topics and discover some telling matches between the film and data as we get into the conversation. These observations that happen as we go might be our favorite part of doing this pod. Here's what we covered this week: The contrast in film and data around the Detroit Lions ground game: Swift or Williams? Or, is it "both?" The film and data agree that Quintez Cephus is a compelling receiver worth monitoring, if not adding, to your deeper fantasy leagues. How Matt's eyes identified a significant difference in run game efficiency and the decline of specific plays that could significant hurt Lamar Jackson's season. Why Seattle's passing offense is what Dwain throught it would be and why Chris Carson should be valued above Antonio Gibson and Jonathan Taylor in fantays football. The likely ascension of Christian Kirk. Julio Jones may have already fallen off the career cliff. Hopefully we'll get a few more of these episodes recorded during the season. It's one of our favorite podcasts. For the most in-depth analysis of offensive skill players available (QB, RB, WR, and TE), download the 2021  Rookie Scouting Portfolio for $21.95.   Matt's new RSP Dynasty Rankings and Two-Year Projections Package is available for $24.95 If you're a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2020 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that's included at no additional charge.   Best yet, a percentage of each sale is set aside for a year-end donation to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse.  

    Matt Waldman’s RSP Quick Game with Mark Schofield: NFL Week 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021 82:13

    TD Wire's Mark Schofield joins Matt Waldman for a Week 2 RSP Quick Game podcast with discussion about the fallout from the NFL Week 1.  Due to popular demand, Mark Schofield and I will be making the RSP Quick Game a weekly event. This week, we discuss a wide variety of topics. Mac-Tua observations. Are Jameis Winston's technical improvements as a passer aiding his conceptual approach? Ja'Marr Chase and how performance differs from practice and why NFL and big-time colleg football practices are actually performances. Whose performances excited Mark and I both above and below the fan radar? The 49ers backfield and where we go from here. The state of the Ravens with more than a dozen players on IR. Quick-hitting observations of offensive and defensive units from Sunday. MNF with the Mannings The Odd-Ball Q of the Week: Match the Analyst to the Fictional Business They'd Mostly Likely Own (with a Twist) Enjoy…we did! For the most in-depth analysis of offensive skill players available (QB, RB, WR, and TE), download the 2021  Rookie Scouting Portfolio for $21.95.   Matt's new RSP Dynasty Rankings and Two-Year Projections Package is available for $24.95 If you're a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2020 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that's included at no additional charge.   Best yet, a percentage of each sale is set aside for a year-end donation to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse.

    Matt Waldman’s RSP Scout Talk Podcast: Emotion, Momentum, and the Dynamics of Performance in Football

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 54:42

    Matt Waldman delivers a solo RSP Scout Talk on the subjects of performance vs. practice and the validity of  momentum and emotion as tremendous factors in football.  Football is a performance medium. It's an elusive part of the game for analysts and easy to deny its existence — although ultimately a mistake to do so. Performance is an aspect of football just like technique, conceptual understanding of in-game strategies, and athletic training. Many players have failed as professionals after decorated college careers because they couldn't hang as performers at this level. This week, I discuss the validity of emotions a factor in the sport, why it's essential to recognize it as a scout, and how the NFL and media deteriorate the essence of football practice in the modern game. For the most in-depth analysis of offensive skill players available (QB, RB, WR, and TE), download the 2021  Rookie Scouting Portfolio for $21.95.   Matt's new RSP Dynasty Rankings and Two-Year Projections Package is available for $24.95 If you're a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2020 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that's included at no additional charge.   Best yet, a percentage of each sale is set aside for a year-end donation to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse.  

    Matt Waldman’s RSP Quick Game with Mark Schofield : Week 1 Football

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2021 78:00

    TD Wire's Mark Schofield joins Matt Waldman for a Week1 RSP Quick Game podcast with discussion about NFL and college football.  Due to popular demand, Mark Schofield and I will be making the RSP Quick Game a weekly event. This week, we discuss a wide variety of topics. The existance and/or skills of those in the "roles" of chef, shopper, and farmer for six NFL teams. College players that impressed us this weekend. Discussion of five teams and whether they are poised to rise or sink. Why we're both "AFC guys." Bold Predictions for the NFL season. Rookie of the Year Candidates on both sides of the ball. What we'd like to educate fans about this year. Baffling mainstream takes for the NFL. The "Hi, Mom/Dad, I'm in Jail..." segment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHon8E0H9B8 In addition to this little segment, we covered our thoughts on the rookie quarterbacks short-term and long-term, Rhamondre Stevenson, a potential A.J. Green rebound, Matthew Stafford, and our picks of players and teams that will matter greatly this year. Enjoy…we did! For the most in-depth analysis of offensive skill players available (QB, RB, WR, and TE), download the 2021  Rookie Scouting Portfolio for $21.95.   Matt's new RSP Dynasty Rankings and Two-Year Projections Package is available for $24.95 If you're a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2020 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that's included at no additional charge.   Best yet, a percentage of each sale is set aside for a year-end donation to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse.

    Matt Waldman’s RSP Quick Game: 2021 NFL Season Preview Pod with Mark Schofield

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 18:01

    TD Wire's Mark Schofield joins Matt Waldman to kick off their RSP Quick Game podcast for the 2021 season with a preview of the NFL.  Dwain McFarland and I produced one of the most informative podcasts of the preseason but this 2021 NFL season preview with Mark Schofield to kick off our Quick Game series might be the most wide-ranging and entertaining pods I'll do this year. It's no slouch in the information-delivery angle, either. Mark and I do this podcast at least every other week and hit on the NFL as well as the NFL Draft prospects and some oddball off-topic issues. https://mattwaldmanrsp.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Mandalorian.mp4 In addition to this little segment, we covered our thoughts on the rookie quarterbacks short-term and long-term, Rhamondre Stevenson, a potential A.J. Green rebound, Matthew Stafford, and our picks of players and teams that will matter greatly this year. Enjoy...we did! For the most in-depth analysis of offensive skill players available (QB, RB, WR, and TE), download the 2021  Rookie Scouting Portfolio for $21.95.   Matt's new RSP Dynasty Rankings and Two-Year Projections Package is available for $24.95 If you're a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2020 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that's included at no additional charge.   Best yet, a percentage of each sale is set aside for a year-end donation to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse.

    Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast: Film And Data 2021 NFL Preview with Dwain McFarland

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2021 127:46


    Buccaneers at Redskins 11/16/14 PFF analyst and RSP alum Dwain McFarland returns to the RSP Cast for a Film And Data conversation with Matt Waldman about NFL teams had significant offseason changes.  It's always fun to talk football with Dwain. Our views often complement each other, filling in gaps with our analysis. And when they don't, the divergent views are not only helpful with our individual analysis but provides thought-provoking conversation for listeners. This weekend, Dwain and and sat down for a two-hour film and data conversation about several NFL teams that experienced significant changes during the offseason. We shared some of our projections of key players on those teams as well. We led off with a team that had some underrated changes in terms of health despite really only one key addition to the offense: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Here's some of what we discussed: Why we're both all-in on Tom Brady, Mike Evans, and the Buccaneers passing offense approaching records in 2021. Our thoughts on Matthew Stafford's ceiling and why DeSean Jackson is a massive factor for Staffords' ceiling and floor. Figuring out Darrell Henderson. Tyler Higbee disappointed last year but why the thought that Higbee's 2020 campaign is evidence that his ceiling is capped is misleading. Why Jared Cook is not only "free money" in re-draft leagues but his commentary to the media has told us a lot about the Chargers offense. Why both of us have Justin Herbert as a healthy QB1 but the film and data gives Herbert a lower floor than people are discussing. What could make Russell Wilson more efficient in Seattle and why Dwain and Matt differ on Chris Carson in 2021. We'll likely do another show before the season with conversation about Tennessee, Atlanta, and a few other offenses. For the most in-depth analysis of offensive skill players available (QB, RB, WR, and TE), download the 2021  Rookie Scouting Portfolio for $21.95.   Matt's new RSP Dynasty Rankings and Two-Year Projections Package is available for $24.95 If you're a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2020 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that's included at no additional charge.   Best yet, a percentage of each sale is set aside for a year-end donation to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse.


    Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast: Don’t Sleep on Giovani Bernard with Jon Ledyard

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2021 32:09


    The Pewter Report's Jon Ledyard joins the podcast for a 30-minute dive into Giovani Bernard's prospects: Why his multifaceted game is not only a great fit with the Tampa Bay Buccaneer offense, but also why he could be more than Tom Brady's "next James White" in 2021.  Giovani Bernard is one of those NFL players whose tape has often been better than his statline. Most people forget that Giovani Bernard was one of the top 2-3 running backs in his draft class. Especially the Cincinnati Bengals. After giving Bernard a prominent role in the offense early Bernard's career, they saw Jeremy Hill as the future of the backfield. Even after that didn't pan out, Marvin Lewis and his offensive staff(s) coveted a big back. Even when Bernard was on the field and the offense had one or two standout linemen, unit as a whole has been one of Cincinnati's longstanding weaknesses. It's why colleagues like J Moyer and I have long wished for Bernard to have an opportunity to play in the Patriots' offense. Now a Buccaneer, we have gotten better. Pewter Report beat writer and NFL Draft analyst Jon Ledyard joins this 30-minute show to discuss Bernard's excellent training camp and why we could be looking at Bernard as not only part of 1-2 punch with Ronald Jones but also a better version of James White because he's a superior runner between the tackles. This is a fun deep dive on one player who is getting overlooked in what could be a historically productive offense in 2021. For the most in-depth analysis of offensive skill players available (QB, RB, WR, and TE), download the 2021  Rookie Scouting Portfolio for $21.95.   Matt's new RSP Dynasty Rankings and Two-Year Projections Package is available for $24.95 If you're a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2020 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that's included at no additional charge.   Best yet, a percentage of each sale is set aside for a year-end donation to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse.


    Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast: Edge, High Ceiling And Developmental Prospects of Note, and the 2022 QB Class

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2021 79:26


    Matt Waldman's RSP Cast examines a variety of topics this week: Edgerrin James' career, high-ceiling values of note for the 2021 fantasy season, developmental players who could one day be the next Mike Davis or Raheem Mostert of fantasy football, and the headliners of the 2022 quarterback class.  It's a packed podcast this week filled with a variety of players and topics: The skills, body type, and athletic ability that made Edgerrin James an easy choice for the Hall of Fame. 2021 fantasy options whose ceiling exceeds my current projections and it's worth taking shots on 2-3 of them in most drafts. Under-the-radar developmental talents having good training camps who could develop into starters or productive contributors during the next 2-3 seasons. My thoughts on the 2022 quarterback class. The RSP Quick Game with Mark Schofield will be back this season and potential guests for the podcast and film rooms in the coming weeks include J Moyer, Dwain McFarland, Laurie Fitzpatrick, and Ben Solak. Stay tuned. For the most in-depth analysis of offensive skill players available (QB, RB, WR, and TE), download the 2021  Rookie Scouting Portfolio for $21.95.   Matt's new RSP Dynasty Rankings and Two-Year Projections Package is available for $24.95 If you're a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2020 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that's included at no additional charge.   Best yet, a percentage of each sale is set aside for a year-end donation to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse.


    Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast: 2021 Reception Perception and the NFL Season with Matt Harmon

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2021 66:26


    Reception Perception orginator and Yahoo! fantasy analyst Matt Harmon returns to Matt Waldman's RSP Cast for conversation about several receivers, quarterbacks, and offenses heading into the 2021 NFL season.  Our names may be boring, but from the perspective of unique content this double-Matt-stack is well worth a listen. Harmon and I discuss a variety of topics in addition to the unveiling of his awesome new Reception Perception site and excellent product. What makes Brandon Aiyuk better than we thought as an NFL Draft prospect? Robert Woods and the Rams need vertical element to make the offense sing. Do the Rams have someone to provide that deep threat? What Sean McVay has done well and where he has struggled as a coach and offensive mind? Are we too quick to scapegoat Jared Goff? How do Harmon and Waldman see the 2021 season unfolding for the Seahawks receivers? Why do the Jaguars' trio of D.J. Chark, Marvin Jones, and Laviska Shenault intrigue Harmon? Does Emmanuel Sanders offer more to Buffalo than Harmon-favorite John Brown? The underrated receiver on the Cowboys' corps and what Harmon would like to see happen with the rotation. Is Michael Pittman the player Bills fans think they see when they look at Gabriel Davis? The similarities with Shenault and D.J. Moore. Harmon's advice for taking opportunities that may seem to run counter to one's ultimate goal in the fantasy industry. As always, it was a pleasure to hang with Harmon and talk about an aspect of football in a way that few people can. Do yourself and favor, and get his analysis. For the most in-depth analysis of offensive skill players available (QB, RB, WR, and TE), download the 2021  Rookie Scouting Portfolio for $21.95.   Matt's new RSP Dynasty Rankings and Two-Year Projections Package is available for $24.95 If you're a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2020 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that's included at no additional charge.   Best yet, a percentage of each sale is set aside for a year-end donation to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse.


    Matt Waldman’s RSP Film Room: Scouting Ladainian Tomlinson

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2021 29:07

    Matt Waldman's RSP Film Room Scouts Hall of Fame runner Ladainian Tomlinson, illustrating the skills and traits that not only made Tomlinson an elite back but also showing things that all backs, coaches, and scouts can transfer to their approach.  Ladainian Tomlinson could do everything that a team in the modern era would want from a running back. Blessed with breakaway speed, lateral agility, and a low center of gravity, Tomlinson could flip the field and earn the hard yards. When studying his performances, the things that stood out the most weren't strictly tied to raw athletic ability: Tomlinson repeatedly demonstrated a great pre-snap understanding of defender alignments. He was an expert at scraping against his lead blocks to hide from opponents or at least reduce the time opponents had to generate a productive pursuit angle. Tomlinson's footwork helped him generate balanced lateral movement that cleared him from pursuit in tight quarters better than most backs. His stiff arm was a versatile weapon that aimed for power but could counter with deception. Why Tomlinson's decision to reach a maximum leaping highpoint as early as possible with green zone runs was an excellent strategy. Here's the YouTube video. If the NFL won't allow it to be watched from here, you can go to my YouTube Channel to access it. You can also listen to it as a podcast if you prefer or lack the opportunity to watch video. https://youtu.be/SFfT-DyoT8g For the most in-depth analysis of offensive skill players available (QB, RB, WR, and TE), download the 2021  Rookie Scouting Portfolio for $21.95.   Matt's new RSP Dynasty Rankings and Two-Year Projections Package is available for $24.95 If you're a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2020 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that's included at no additional charge.   Best yet, a percentage of each sale is set aside for a year-end donation to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse.

    Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast: Scouting Bo Jackson

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2021 50:07

    Matt Waldman's RSP Cast takes a dive into Bo Jackson's tape to unearth what's teachable and what's not from the game of this myth of a player.  What makes Bo Jackson great? The common narrative, which came from NFL Films inviting beat writers to pontificate on the subject, is he's so fast...he's so big...he's so big AND so fast.  True. It's also an incomplete analysis that glosses over the fact that Bo Jackson was a highly skilled running back. Whether Jackson learned these skills through disciplined attention to detail or he picked them up fast doesn't eliminate the fact that he acquired them and that young running backs, running back coaches, and scouts can gain something from studying Jackson's tape that goes beyond he's so fast...he's so big...he's so big AND so fast.  I'll hopefully have a YouTube video to provide visual underpinnings to what I describe in this podcast, but if you're commuting and wish to hear what I found of value with Jackson's game, give it a listen. There are several techniques Jackson uses that succesful NFL backs that followed him use. Here's the YouTube video. If the NFL won't allow it to be watched from here, you can go to my YouTube Channel to access it. https://youtu.be/zPTd2k1-cWw For the most in-depth analysis of offensive skill players available (QB, RB, WR, and TE), download the 2021  Rookie Scouting Portfolio for $21.95.   Matt's new RSP Dynasty Rankings and Two-Year Projections Package is available for $24.95 If you're a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2020 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that's included at no additional charge.   Best yet, a percentage of each sale is set aside for a year-end donation to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse.

    Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast with Dwain McFarland: The Dividends of Perspective

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2021 70:55

    PPF's Dwain McFarland stops by Matt Waldman's RSP Cast for an extended conversation about the dividends of an organically gained sense of perspective and how this ties to player evaluation, NFL organizations, and fantasy football.  Dwain McFarland took a two-year sabbatical from the corporate world. Whether it was a movie, television show, magazine story, or podcast, you've had experience with the story of someone who leaves a major part of their world behind and gains something more valuable from the experience. These stories don't often delve into why. We live in a society where there's great demand for instant insight. It trickles down from the workplace to our entertainment. Most of us have bought into the idea that technology has made us capable of gaining insights at an unprecedented rate of speed. We're able to communicate raw knowledge faster than ever. However, the human mind has always been a knowledge junkie. New information is sugar or entertainment for the brain. Taking the time and effort to learn how to apply that information with great wisdom is a lot harder. It takes focus, discipline, routine effort, and space in between that effort—an underrated component—for our subconscious mind to processes the various applications of this knowledge. Dwain and I spend the hour discussing the value of time off, why it's vital to honor the organic development of perspective, and how consistent practice can eventually generate value even after you take time away from the process. We discuss how this applies to player evaluation, fantasy football, and the NFL's world. This topic is one of the underlying reasons why most people miss the mark when they expect instant "lessons learned," especially with scouting. They're so driven to have a decision that will help them be right, that they sacrifice wisdom for instant knowledge that may not be accurate long-term. I've seen this with player evaluation, analysis of team decision-making, and in people's personal lives. This podcast doesn't promise instant insights, but let it sit for a bit. You may gain something of organic value down the line that helps you with topics you usually come here to learn about as well as those outside the sphere of the playing field. For the most in-depth analysis of offensive skill players available (QB, RB, WR, and TE), download the 2021  Rookie Scouting Portfolio for $21.95.   Matt’s new RSP Dynasty Rankings and Two-Year Projections Package is available for $24.95 If you’re a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2020 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that’s included at no additional charge.   Best yet, a percentage of each sale is set aside for a year-end donation to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse.

    Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast: Scout Talk with NFL.com’s Chad Reuter

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2021 83:40

    NFL.com researcher and analyst Chad Reuter returns to the RSP Scout Talk podcast for a wide-ranging conversation about football, music, and the NFL Draft.  I'm fortunate to have become friends with Chad Reuter after meeting him a decade ago through Cecil Lammey at the Senior Bowl. Chad has an economics background and like many of us, came down with the illness that's scouting football talent. He began 20 years ago, running his own site and earning consultation work with several NFL teams. Since then, he has worked with NFL Draft Scout, CBS, and now, NFL.com. In addition to supplying advanced scouting of players NFL.com writers and analysts, Chad has some excellent breakdowns of prospects at the site and all 32 teams have picked up his video work that's well worth checking out. Chad and I discussed a variety of topics in addition to the 2021 NFL Draft: How the high school and college games are changing the NFL's view of prospects. Why the pocket quarterback isn't dead, but the barrier to their entry and success is rising. Our thoughts on first-round running backs. 2021 prospects we loved. 2021 prospects we already love--or we are at least looking forward to studying. Our concert bucket lists. Concerts we nearly attended and wish we had because the artist passed just after missing the event. I just hit the record button and added an introduction after the show. For the most in-depth analysis of offensive skill players available (QB, RB, WR, and TE), download the 2021  Rookie Scouting Portfolio for $21.95.   Matt’s new RSP Dynasty Rankings and Two-Year Projections Package is available for $24.95 If you’re a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2020 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that’s included at no additional charge.   Best yet, a percentage of each sale is set aside for a year-end donation to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse.

    Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast: The Devil Is in the Details

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 25, 2021 44:50

    Matt Waldman's RSP Cast discusses why differs from other draft analysts when it comes to running backs like Trey Sermon and being equally alright with Mac Jones and Justin Fields in San Francisco.  With all of the podcasts I'm doing, I'm most often asked why I like Trey Sermon. However, it took a reader to ask me why I view Sermon differently from so many other analysts. In this podcast, I answer that question as well as discuss why the answer for San Francisco's quarterback needs isn't right or wrong when it comes to Justin Fields or Mac Jones. For the most in-depth analysis of offensive skill players available (QB, RB, WR, and TE), download the 2021  Rookie Scouting Portfolio for $21.95.   Matt’s new RSP Dynasty Rankings and Two-Year Projections Package is available for $24.95 If you’re a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2020 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that’s included at no additional charge.   Best yet, a percentage of each sale is set aside for a year-end donation to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse.  

    Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast: Grading “Potential,” Underrated Rookies, QB Team Fits, Hits-Misses, and Reader Q&A

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 17, 2021 67:21

    Matt Waldman delivers a solo podcast covering underrated rookies few podcasters are asking him about, good potential team fits for rookie quarterbacks, an in-depth list of his career hits and misses, and how he grades "potential" and "compensatory factors," as a scout.   I've been doing a ton of podcasts, but I like to reserve opportunities to talk about subjects for my own show: Where I'd like to see many of these quarterbacks land. Players few are asking me about that I like or find intriguing. A long list of hits and misses based on: Players I was higher on than many of my peers who worked out and those that didn't. Players I was lower on than many of my peers who worked out and those that didn't. The difficulty with grading potential and compensatory factors. What to do with Miles Boykin and Hakeem Butler. For the most in-depth analysis of offensive skill players available (QB, RB, WR, and TE), download the 2021  Rookie Scouting Portfolio for $21.95.   Matt’s new RSP Dynasty Rankings and Two-Year Projections Package is available for $24.95 If you’re a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2020 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that’s included at no additional charge.   Best yet, a percentage of each sale is set aside for a year-end donation to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse.

    Matt Waldman’s RSP Scout Talk: 2021 NFL Draft RB Class with J. Moyer

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 11, 2021 55:19

    Matt Waldman's RSP Scout Talk hosts former Rookie Scouting Portfolio contributor, J. Moyer of FFAstronauts for a great conversation about the running back class for the 2021 NFL Draft.  It's always fun to reunite with colleagues that I have worked with in the past. And if I had to pick one current draftnik/analyst I enjoy hearing their thoughts on running backs, it's J. Moyer. Now, a part of the FFAstronauts team, J and his crew are working on their own scouting guide that will be a worthwhile read. Moyer and I took an hour to talk about this year's running back class: Why is the efficiency of movement important for running backs? Who are the efficient runners in this class? Who is the back that J sees as a Kamara-like runner? How do we determine a runner's speed and acceleration from film study? Where we're similar but different on Rhamondre Stevenson? Why we're similarly not sold on Chuba Hubbard What J appreciates about Trey Sermon. What we like about Najee Harris and Kenneth Gainwell and where we differ. We cover several more prospects in an episode that I know many of you have been looking forward to us doing. We could have gone another hour and perhaps post-draft, we will. For the most in-depth analysis of offensive skill players available (QB, RB, WR, and TE), download the 2021  Rookie Scouting Portfolio for $21.95.   Matt’s new RSP Dynasty Rankings and Two-Year Projections Package is available for $24.95 If you’re a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2020 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that’s included at no additional charge.   Best yet, a percentage of each sale is set aside for a year-end donation to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse.

    Matt Waldman’s RSP Scout Talk with Ric Serritella, NFL Draft Bible

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2021 92:33

    Matt Waldman's RSP Scout Talk picks up with an excellent 90-minute conversation with NFL Draft Bible's Ric Serritella about media scouting, team building, and prospect talk that you won't want to miss.  Earlier this week, I joined Ric and Scout Talk co-host Russ Lande for a conversation on Ric's State of Football podcast at SI.com. I wanted to pick up where we left off and go into more depth. Ric and I share our "coming up" stories in this industry. Ric's one love, one necessary evil, and one changing opinion about his career. 2-3 players Ric and I are each sold on. 1-3 players Ric and I would risk selecting if our co-workers on a team were on board. How Ric and I would build teams if we were given a guaranteed five years as GMs. UDFA strategy A strategic reshaping of a scouting department The employment of retired player-consultants Vision for team construction One likely UDFA that you don't think will ever be a starter much less make an active roster this year, but we're intrigued with their game. You can check out the NFL Draft Bible here. For the most in-depth analysis of offensive skill players available (QB, RB, WR, and TE), download the 2021  Rookie Scouting Portfolio for $21.95.   Matt’s new RSP Dynasty Rankings and Two-Year Projections Package is available for $24.95 If you’re a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2020 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that’s included at no additional charge.   Best yet, a percentage of each sale is set aside for a year-end donation to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse.

    Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast: 2021 Quarterback Class Mind Dump

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 16, 2021 58:23

    Matt Waldman does an RSP solo podcast about several quarterback prospects from the 2021 NFL Draft class.  If you missed the RSP Running Back or Wide Receiver Brain Dump Podcasts, check them out at your convenience. This week, I share my thoughts on the state of quarterback development and several 2021 prospects at the position. Why the death of the pocket game is a gross exaggeration. The NFL has improved its acclimation process for rookies, but the process might as well be on par with corporations that take shortcuts to meet quarterly expectations rather than execute sustainable practices. Which quarterback's game is more icing than cake? Why the Trevor Lawrence-Andrew Luck comp isn't too much. Which mid-round prospect has a "clean" game? Which potential developmental projection sees the game like a well-trained Marine? The quarterback who gives me a nagging feeling that he'll be better than I think. For the most in-depth analysis of offensive skill players available (QB, RB, WR, and TE), download the 2021  Rookie Scouting Portfolio for $21.95.   Matt’s new RSP Dynasty Rankings and Two-Year Projections Package is available for $24.95 If you’re a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2020 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that’s included at no additional charge.   Best yet, a percentage of each sale is set aside for a year-end donation to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse.

    Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast: 2021 WR Prospect Brain Dump

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 22, 2021 53:44


    Matt Waldman does an RSP solo podcast about several wide receiver prospects from the 2021 NFL Draft class.  If you missed the RSP Running Back Brain Dump Podcast, you can find it here. This week, I give quick takes on over 20 wide receivers. How does 2021’s class compare to 2021 at the top of the board? Who is the best overall weapon in this class? Is DeVonta Smith a primary wide receiver?  Is the Marvin Harrison comparison too steep? Why I'm high on Tylan Wallace and Rashod Bateman but think they have some minor speed bumps that could limit their first-year contributions. The wide receiver with a "tell" that could be exploited with off-coverage if not addressed early (it should be). Why Steve Smith is a far too combustible comparison for Elijah Moore but I'll explore Lane Kiffin's comparison as a starting point for sharing my own. The part of Kadarius Toney's game that is way too out of control and must be addressed to maximize his potential. A player whose route running and movement style remind me of Chad Johnson. Which promising receiver is a light-switch player? For the most in-depth analysis of offensive skill players available (QB, RB, WR, and TE), download the 2021  Rookie Scouting Portfolio for $21.95.   Matt’s new RSP Dynasty Rankings and Two-Year Projections Package is available for $24.95 If you’re a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2020 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that’s included at no additional charge.   Best yet, a percentage of each sale is set aside for a year-end donation to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse.


    Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast: 2021 RB Prospect Brain Dump

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 15, 2021 62:53

    Matt Waldman does an RSP solo podcast about several running back prospects from the 2021 NFL Draft class.  Apologies for not delivering an RSP Cast last week. I was busy finalizing much of my running back board for the 2021 Rookie Scouting Portfolio and Russ Lande took a new job as the head of U.S. scouting for the Montreal Alouettes. Congratulations to Russ, who will join me once again for future Scout Talk episodes next week. So, I figured it was a good time for a brain dump on running back prospects. How does 2021's class compare to 2021 at the top of the board? Who are the 4-6 backs 2-3 tiers below the top of the board? Why do they have the promise to develop into lead backs and potentially feature backs if they address one currently lacking in their game, but their volatility is great enough that we may never see them earn extended time on the field? The prospect that reminds me of a young Tiki Barber. The runner who has a lot of the positive qualities of Melvin Gordon to his game but makes 3-4 confounding decisions per contest that hold him back. The back whose game I want to love, but can only like. The player that I like as a future starter but may not have as high on my board as people will expect. Why Eddie Lacy and LeGarrette Blount shouldn't be negative comparisons for runners and there are two that may fit those comparisons in some ways. Going further, why LenDale White shouldn't be a negative either unless you have done your homework well enough that you're making an off-field comparison and not an on-field one. For the most in-depth analysis of offensive skill players available (QB, RB, WR, and TE), download the 2021  Rookie Scouting Portfolio for $21.95.   Matt’s new RSP Dynasty Rankings and Two-Year Projections Package is available for $24.95 If you’re a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2020 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that’s included at no additional charge.   Best yet, a percentage of each sale is set aside for a year-end donation to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse.

    Matt Waldman’s RSP Quick Game with Mark Schofield: Pre-Super Bowl, Post-Senior Bowl Throwdown

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 3, 2021 65:20

    Mark Schofield and Matt Waldman reconvene for a pre-Super Bowl, post-Senior Bowl, and post blockbuster trade conversation in this week's RSP Quick Game.  This week, Mark Schofield and I discuss the following NFL and NFL Draft topics: Can the Buccaneers defense stop Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs' offense? Why the offensive schemes are the difference between the Buccaneers stopping Aaron Rodgers (twice) but not Mahomes. What kind of personnel/scheme would be ideal for stopping Mahomes? The Stafford-Goff Trade: Are we overestimating Sean McVay? Are we underestimating Dan Campbell? Why Stafford is seen as the immediate answer in L.A. Why Goff is seen as the bridge to a new day? Senior Bowl observations: D'Wayne Eskridge Rhamondre Stevenson Josh Palmer Chris Sample Quinn Meinerz Trevon Grimes Jamie Newman Mac Jones Tre Walker--sleeper Thoughts on Marty Schottenheimer's legacy.   For the most in-depth analysis of offensive skill players available (QB, RB, WR, and TE), download the 2021  Rookie Scouting Portfolio for $21.95.   Matt’s new RSP Dynasty Rankings and Two-Year Projections Package is available for $24.95 If you’re a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2020 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that’s included at no additional charge.   Best yet, a percentage of each sale is set aside for a year-end donation to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse.

    RSP Scout Talk Podcast: Quarterback Evaluation Mistakes and Lessons with Russ Lande and Matt Waldman

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 26, 2021 63:31


    Matt Waldman’s RSP Scout Talk podcast with Russ Lande concludes its series devoted to evaluation misses and lessons learned with an episode on the quarterback, the most difficult position to evaluate in sport.   Russ Lande and I have had our share of successes between us, ranging from Tom Brady and Marc Bulger to Russell Wilson and Patrick Mahomes. We've also had our share of failures and lessons learned. Evaluating quarterbacks has become harder than ever--and the position was the most difficult to scout in the first place. We spent the hour discussing what we've learned about evaluating quarterbacks. Bruce Gradkowski and John Beck: Arm strength may be overrated, but it's still essential. Blaine Gabbert and Mark Sanchez: The danger of taking a quarterback based on one year of play. Johnny Manziel and Nate Davis: Great physical and technical talent, but the emotional dedication to the game matters. Ryan Nassib and Jake Fromm: Tape vs workouts and the benefits and detriments of both. Tyler Wilson, Brian Brohm, and Jeff Tedford quarterbacks: Quarterbacks who benefitted more from a master tactician's system and coaching than they grew as NFL prospects. Jake Locker: If the mechanics are good and the accuracy is bad, it's hard to fix. If you missed the previous episodes, they're well worth a listen: Running Backs Wide Receivers Tight Ends For the most in-depth analysis of offensive skill players available (QB, RB, WR, and TE), download the 2021  Rookie Scouting Portfolio for $21.95.   Matt’s new RSP Dynasty Rankings and Two-Year Projections Package is available for $24.95 If you’re a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2020 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that’s included at no additional charge.   Best yet, a percentage of each sale is set aside for a year-end donation to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse.


    Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast: Conversations About Race In America Part II

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 25, 2021 48:48

    Carey, Chris, and Mike of the Deep Cover Pod join Matt for a long conversation about race in America after the events at the U.S. Capitol. We rolled the tape and ultimately decided to release it in multiple parts.  If you’re black or truly a friend or family to black people, the summer of 2020 was an especially painful time. I shared some of my personal feelings several months ago at this site and on my podcast. I also made suggestions about how to have conversations about race in America and introduced the possibility that this would be an ongoing subject at my site. Fast-forward to January and the world witnessed a group of mostly white men, many bearing symbols long-associated with white supremacist behavior storm the U.S. Capitol. Whether they want to acknowledge it or not, our public witnessed the unadulterated double-standard of how black and white people are regarded in this country when juxtaposing it with this summer’s BLM marches. So my friends Carey, Chris, and Mike at the Deep Cover Podcast decided to join me for a free-flowing conversation based on a private conversation that Mike and I had from prior weeks. The main thing: How do they feel about being black men in the United States at this point in our history? If you missed last week's portion of the conversation, you can listen to it here. Today, I release the second part of the conversation. Please keep in mind that when we talk about people of a specific race, we’re not implying “all” and instead implying “certain Black/White/Hispanic/Asian, etc.” The sandwich shop incident. How White people in this country appear when it comes to privilege: Ignorant that there is an inherent divide or "It's always funny until it happens to you." "The Thank You and Fuck You" microcosm that's deeply rooted in this country and why it makes racism difficult for white people to grasp its nuance. The inaccurate stereotyping of North/South with regards to racism. White people need to develop an emotional connection to what's happening or else the denial of what's happening will continue. "I'd rather work in the field...you mean they had to leave their babies?" Mike's visit to an old plantation and the basic lack of understanding about our history. "You don't have to prove you're not racist/I'm not telling you that you're racist." Carey's thoughts on what white people should understand so they aren't triggered by a genuine conversation about racism. You can't be afraid of respectful confrontation and emotion when having these conversations. The value of integrating yourself into a black community on some level in your life. Being prepared as a white person that you'll have to prove that your intentions are genuine because historic mistrust is real and often valid. I had several underlying takeaways after this segment of the conversation. One, our nation as a whole hasn't gained enough nuance about racism, and the highs of where we've made progress don't erase the lows that continue to systemically harm black people to this day. Two, the main ways white people can ruin a conversation about race is the desire to prove they aren't racist, the fear they're being told they are racist, or the thought that they have to defend white people as a whole. These outcomes have generated a baseline level of suspicion that I don’t think white people keep in mind when wanting to engage in a conversation about race.

    Matt Waldman’s RSP Quick Game with Mark Schofield: Playoffs, Senior Bowl, QBs Moving On

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2021 91:07


    Mark Schofield and Matt Waldman deliver an RSP Cast Quick Game focused on the NFL playoffs, the 2021 SeniorBowl, and quarterbacks moving on from their teams, if not the league.  This week’s RSP Cast menu: Is it over for Drew Brees? What we learned about quarterbacking from watching him. Are the media's calls for [insert big-name free agent wide receiver here] in Baltimore putting the cart before the horse when considering Lamar Jackson's strengths and weaknesses? Our thoughts on the Dolphins souring on Tua Tagovailoa and whether this would be a real story if DeShaun Watson wasn't potentially on the market. Is Ben Roethlisberger done? If so, what have we learned from watching him? If not, where could he end up? We Told You So Segment: Tom Brady in the NFC Championship. Thoughts on the Chiefs-Browns Division Playoff. Thoughts on the Saleh/LaFleur pairing in New York, what it could mean for Sam Darnold, and why Matt would love to see Ohio State's Tre Sermon in that offense. How the Falcons may proceed with their personnel plans under new head coach Arthur Smith? With the Combine effective canceled, is the Senior Bowl more important, and if so, for whom? Mark and Matt's funniest Senior Bowl stories. Our most memorable Senior Bowl conversations with coaches, players, or scouts. Thoughts on a prospect we've watched this week. Why Trey Lance's reading of the field is more of a positive than a negative if you understand what he's instructed to do in the North Dakota State offense. For the most in-depth analysis of offensive skill players available (QB, RB, WR, and TE), download the 2021  Rookie Scouting Portfolio for $21.95.   Matt’s new RSP Dynasty Rankings and Two-Year Projections Package is available for $24.95 If you’re a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2020 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that’s included at no additional charge.   Best yet, a percentage of each sale is set aside for a year-end donation to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse.


    Conversations About Race in America Part I: Why They’re Difficult And What’s Needed

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2021 48:41

    Carey, Chris, and Mike of the Deep Cover Pod join Matt for a long conversation about race in America after the events at the U.S. Capitol. We rolled the tape and ultimately decided to release it in multiple parts.  If you're black or truly a friend or family to black people, the summer of 2020 was an especially painful time. I shared some of my personal feelings several months ago at this site and on my podcast. I also made suggestions about how to have conversations about race in America and introduced the possibility that this would be an ongoing subject at my site. Fast-forward to January and the world witnessed a group of mostly white men, many bearing symbols long-associated with white supremacist behavior storm the U.S. Capitol. Whether they want to acknowledge it or not, our public witnessed the unadulterated double-standard of how black and white people are regarded in this country when juxtaposing it with this summer's BLM marches. So my friends Carey, Chris, and Mike at the Deep Cover Podcast decided to join me for a free-flowing conversation based on a private conversation that Mike and I had the week prior. The main thing: How do they feel about being black men in the United States at this point in our history? This week's segment covers a variety of topics. Please keep in mind that when we talk about people of a specific race, we're not implying "all" and instead implying "certain Black/White/Hispanic/Asian, etc." Why asking how a black person feels about the issue of race in this country is a difficult question in the first place. The ambivalence of watching white people feeling the fear of a terrorist attack The unrealistic standard that black people are held to about their feelings. Why white people don't understand the gravity of this summer's events. Why the events at the Capitol were not a surprise to many black people compared to many white people. Why having an open and honest conversation between black and white people can be fraught with suspicion and how and when to start the conversation. Why humility and vulnerability are important for initiating and continuing a conversation on this subject line. Why these events weigh on black people and as individuals it leads to a feeling of uncomfortable vulnerability on a daily basis. Why white people--intentionally or not--engage in conversation that put the burden of proof on black people to academically debate the existence of racism. The problem with "not seeing race." The underlying takeaway I know I personally had after this segment of the conversation is that our country's history is ONGOING. It's not history in the past sense. Because this is the case, the outcome of living in a society where trusting the wrong people or situations has potentially dire consequences for black people relative to white people. These outcomes have generated a baseline level of suspicion that I don't think white people keep in mind when wanting to engage in a conversation about race.

    Matt Waldman’s RSP Scout Talk with Russ Lande: Tight End Evaluation Lessons and Mistakes

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2021 64:03

    Matt Waldman’s RSP Scout Talk podcast with Russ Lande begins a series devoted to evaluation misses and lessons learned. This week’s episode on tight ends underscores the theme of waiting on a revolution.  This episode of Scout Talk with Russ Lande is an informative conversation about the tight ends who we didn’t evaluate well and what we learned from it: Lande's story about Butch Davis and Jeremy Shockey. Waiting for Godot: Why scouts were often too early with their valuation of players who would fit in the NFL today but no 7-10 years ago. Jason Witten and What Is Athletic Enough? Witten is much quicker than fast as well as a troublesome template for evaluating the athletic ability of good receiving tight ends who can block but not win downfield. Joe Don Duncan: Strong enough, quick enough, and tough enough, but size matters. Nick Vannett and the first-game bias that can occur with an evaluation. Chase Coffman and the issue with high-cut builds. It's All About the Shoe Size: A story about safeties that applies to builds for specific positions. If you missed the episode on wide receivers or the show on running backs, they are worth a listen. For the most in-depth analysis of offensive skill players available (QB, RB, WR, and TE), download the 2021  Rookie Scouting Portfolio for $21.95.   Matt’s new RSP Dynasty Rankings and Two-Year Projections Package is available for $24.95 If you’re a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2020 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that’s included at no additional charge.   Best yet, a percentage of each sale is set aside for a year-end donation to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse.

    Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast: Brandon Thorn Trench Warfare

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2021 58:33

    Trench Warfare writer Brandon Thorn returns to Matt Waldman's RSP Cast for a conversation about the relationships between offensive lines and skill players, scouting tips for evaluating offensive linemen, and underrated trench players on both sides of the ball.  Brandon has become a highly respected voice in the football world. His understanding of technique, scheme and assignment is next level. His will to study, scout and analyze has made of one of the most credible and reliable sources in our game today!” - Terron Armstead, New Orleans Saints All-Pro left tackle Brandon Thorn, an old friend of the show, returns for some enlightening discussion about the trenches: Brandon's Trench Warfare newsletter and his participation as a scout for OL Masterminds, recently featured by NFL Films. What type of defenders are best at attacking specific run schemes? How must a running back and his offensive line develop their relationship to enhance the ground game? What are the common type of pockets in the NFL and some of the quarterbacks that prefer those types? What are pitfalls to avoid when scouting offensive linemen in the college game? Which NFL running backs make their offensive lines look good? Brandon shares thoughts on some of his underrated trench players from both sides of the ball, including why Carl Lawson is considered one of the scariest pass rushers in the NFL. We'll hopefully have Brandon on the show once again for some draft talk later in the winter. But if you're seeking a primer on the relationship between linemen and players that handle the ball, this is a good start. For the most in-depth analysis of offensive skill players available (QB, RB, WR, and TE), download the 2021  Rookie Scouting Portfolio for $21.95.   Matt’s new RSP Dynasty Rankings and Two-Year Projections Package is available for $24.95 If you’re a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2020 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that’s included at no additional charge.   Best yet, a percentage of each sale is set aside for a year-end donation to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse.

    Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast Quick Game with Mark Schofield Week 18

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2021 78:40


    Mark Schofield and Matt Waldman reconvene for another RSP Cast Quick Game and discuss NFL playoffs, several football topics underscoring the value of patience, and more Bernie Mac stories.  This week's RSP Cast has a lot of subject matter that underscores the value of patience. Lessons from Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson's development trajectories. Thoughts on the Dolphins potentially lacking patience with Tua Tagovailoa. Where could, and should, the Jets go with their offseason plan? Which teams, units, and/or players are hot/cold as they enter the playoffs? Are the Browns screwed due to the latest COVID-related absences of key personnel? Why Matt's wife share's Bernie Mac's nickname? Why Matt wears can-style headphones and Mark is evolving into Cotton Hill. Thoughts on Tyler Dunne's long-form article on Jonathan Taylor's rookie development. Where does A.J. Green go? Mark and Matt's New Year Resolutions--sort of... For the most in-depth analysis of offensive skill players available (QB, RB, WR, and TE), download the 2021  Rookie Scouting Portfolio for $21.95.   Matt’s new RSP Dynasty Rankings and Two-Year Projections Package is available for $24.95 If you’re a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2020 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that’s included at no additional charge.   Best yet, a percentage of each sale is set aside for a year-end donation to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse.


    Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast Scout Talk with Russ Lande: Running Back Evaluation Mistakes

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2020 67:06

    One of only a half-dozen guys I could unequivocally see as an upgrade to Alfred Morris Photo by Mike Pettigano. Matt Waldman’s RSP Scout Talk podcast with Russ Lande begins a series devoted to evaluation misses and lessons learned. This week’s episode on running backs offers a lot of players to choose from.  This episode of Scout Talk with Russ Lande is a fantastic conversation about the running backs who we didn’t evaluate well and what we learned from it: The Walter Payton Effect: The exception proving the rule that running backs have to have a certain amount of size and strength for every-down usage. After-Contact Skill: The value of attacking first versus the ability to absorb punishment. Alvin Kamara and Ball Security: How to deliver an accurate assessment that balances technical flaws and fumble rates. Trent Ricardson: Players who helped us learn the value of studying blocking schemes. Andre Williams: Players who helped us learn how the game has changed for the position. Jonathan Dwyer and the case of the quarterback being the eyes for the runner. Players who out-performed and underperformed to our expectations. How we addressed our mistakes and players we hit on as a result of these mistakes. If you missed the last episode on wide receivers, it's well worth a listen. For the most in-depth analysis of offensive skill players available (QB, RB, WR, and TE), download the 2021  Rookie Scouting Portfolio for $21.95.   Matt’s new RSP Dynasty Rankings and Two-Year Projections Package is available for $24.95 If you’re a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2020 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that’s included at no additional charge.   Best yet, a percentage of each sale is set aside for a year-end donation to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse.

    Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast Quick Game Week 16 with Mark Schofield

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2020 98:02


    Rookie Scouting Portfolio writers Mark Schofield and Matt Waldman discuss the NFL, college prospect evaluation, the football writing industry, and non-football topics in this 90-minute, holiday episode of the Quick Game.  This week's RSP cast covers a lot of football and non-football territory. Which NFL player has demonstrated significant improvement this year? Do backups of a certain style/skill level have an inherent advantage against NFL defenses? How Matt learned he's married to Bernie Mac and Mark married Monica from Friends. The most dangerous AFC/NFC teams to the current playoff frontrunners. Is there a tight end who could challenge the Travis Kelce/George Kittle tier of all-around talents at the position? Which college player have you studied who fascinates you? Share a bucket list item you might be too afraid to try. The QB whose job could be in jeopardy in 2021. Industry pitfalls to navigate in terms of stolen work, poaching writers, and contract details. Mark and Matt share an issue with the game of a prospect they've recently studied. Movie, TV, book, music, and video game recommendations--why, one day, Mark will wake up in a dentist's chair with a cable in his hard-drive wired brain and matter-of-factly state: "I know the Walsh West Coast Offense helmed by Montana. Give me a ball." For the most in-depth analysis of offensive skill players available (QB, RB, WR, and TE), download the 2021  Rookie Scouting Portfolio for $21.95.   Matt’s new RSP Dynasty Rankings and Two-Year Projections Package is available for $24.95 If you’re a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2020 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that’s included at no additional charge.   Best yet, a percentage of each sale is set aside for a year-end donation to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse.


    Matt Waldman’s RSP Scout Talk Podcast with Russ Lande: WR Evaluation Misses And Lessons

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2020 69:18

    Matt Waldman's RSP Scout Talk podcast with Russ Lande begins a series devoted to evaluation misses and lessons learned. This week's episode on wide receivers offers a lot of players to choose from.  This episode of Scout Talk with Russ Lande is a fantastic conversation about the wide receivers who we didn't evaluate well and what we learned from it: Players we valued too much for their athletic ability. Players who helped us learn the value of different roles and fits within schemes. Players who didn't have enough to compensate for physical or technical flaws. Players we thought could develop but we didn't understand which areas are easier or harder to develop in the league. Players who out-performed and underperformed to our expectations. How we addressed our mistakes and players we hit on as a result of these mistakes. For the most in-depth analysis of offensive skill players available (QB, RB, WR, and TE), download the 2021  Rookie Scouting Portfolio for $21.95.   Matt's new RSP Dynasty Rankings and Two-Year Projections Package is available for $24.95 If you’re a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2020 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that’s included at no additional charge.   Best yet, a percentage of each sale is set aside for a year-end donation to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse.

    Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast: 2020 Quick Game Week 14 with Mark Schofield

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2020 72:11

    Mark Schofield and Matt Waldman discuss how quarterback evaluation has changed with the NFL game, the Eagles quarterbacks, potential free agent landing spots in 2020, advice for new media participants at the Senior Bowl, and Mark's college stats in this week's RSP Quick Game podcast.  Mark Schofield and I reconvene for a Week 14 Quick Game filled with juicy topics. The quarterback of the past two rookie classes who has impressed Mark and Matt the most? What has Mark learned about quarterback evaluation based on Carson Wentz's career thus far? Why does Matt think there could be pressure on the Eagles front office to start Jalen Hurts and move on from Wentz even if there's a good reason that Hurts and Wentz are six of one and a half-dozen of the other? Why is Kenny Golladay a bad fit for the Giants despite the New York media floating this idea? Who are good fits for the Giants receiving corps? What do Mark and Matt think of Andy Dalton, Jacoby Brissett, and Mitchell Trubisky as free agent options? Why could Brissett and Trubisky fit in New England? Has Damien Harris solidified his future as a lead back in New England? Why are Mark and Matt arriving at the conclusion that quarterbacks are for the most part what they are as collegiate prospects and expecting them to get "coached up," is unrealistic? What if Patrick Mahomes and Sam Darnold had traded teams on draft day? Why do Matt and Mark value the Senior Bowl as an event but not necessarily as an evaluation exercise? Advice for newly credentialed media attending the Senior Bowl. For the most in-depth analysis of offensive skill players available (QB, RB, WR, and TE), download the 2020  Rookie Scouting Portfolio for $21.95.   If you’re a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2019 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that’s included at no additional charge.   Best yet, a percentage of each sale is set aside for a year-end donation to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse.

    Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast Scout Talk with Russ Lande: Interim Coaches, Media Scouting, Failure, and Organizational Management

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2020 71:09

    This week’s edition of Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast Scout Talk with Russ Lande discusses the value of coaches with varied experience, interim coaches, and advice to aspiring media-football scouts.  Why is it important for football leadership to have a variety of experiences under different regimes?  Why are desperation and failure vital components for organizational success in NFL scouting? Why do so few interim coaches have long-term success in the NFL and what does this mean for Raheem Morris in Atlanta? And why is it important for aspiring scouts—football and media—to own failure? Former NFL scout, BigTen Network analyst, and current CFL scout, Russ Lande and Rookie Scouting Portfolio publisher Matt Waldman discuss these subjects and more in this week's Scout Talk podcast. If you're interested in the game behind the game of football as well as the perspective that's important to be a scout, this episode is for you. For the most in-depth analysis of offensive skill players available (QB, RB, WR, and TE), download the 2020  Rookie Scouting Portfolio for $21.95.   If you’re a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2019 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that’s included at no additional charge.   Best yet, a percentage of each sale is set aside for a year-end donation to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse.

    Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast: Quick Game Week 12 with Mark Schofield

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2020 60:54

    Mark Schofield and Matt Waldman deliver a pre-Thanksgiving podcast with a mix of NFL and Turkey Day talk.  Mark Schofield and I reconvene for a Week 12 Quick Game that combines football and holiday talk. Benching Tua Tagovailoa: Good or bad for the young quarterback? Can the Cowboys go on a winning streak with Andy Dalton back? Thoughts on Phillip Walker Can Dez Bryant be a statistically-relevant producer in Baltimore? The savior complex and Lamar Jackson Players we think could play in any era that might surprise listeners. Taysom Hill's debut. Worst/best fantasy teams we've fielded this year. Fondest, funniest, or oddest Thanksgiving memory. What kind of joints is Waldman reading about? Scariest defenders Mark and Matt have seen play. Weird neighborhood stories from our youth. For the most in-depth analysis of offensive skill players available (QB, RB, WR, and TE), download the 2020  Rookie Scouting Portfolio for $21.95.   If you’re a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2019 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that’s included at no additional charge.   Best yet, a percentage of each sale is set aside for a year-end donation to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse.

    Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast: Film And Data Rookie Check-in with Dwain McFarland

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2020 63:33

    PFF and Fantasy Football Hustle analyst Dwain McFarland rejoins the RSP Cast for another episode of Film and Data. We examine a number of rookie seasons from the 2020 class as well as look behind the numbers at Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens.  Dwain McFarland drops by the RSP Cast for an hour-long conversation about prominent performers from the 2020 NFL Draft class. First, we led off with a discussion about Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens: Where does the data match the film in terms of Baltimore's limitations in the passing game? What's next for Jackson and the Ravens? Progress report: D'Andre Swift is taking over key roles. How does he look running the football? Progress report: Indianapolis fans are invoking Trent Richardson comparisons. Is the apocalypse near? Progress report: Opponents have changed up their gameplans for Chase Claypool, how have the Steelers countered and what does it mean for Claypool's fantasy value? Progress report: Antonio Gibson is running blindfolded. What does that mean? How has  Michael Pittman, Jr.'s usage changed since returning from injury? For the most in-depth analysis of offensive skill players available (QB, RB, WR, and TE), download the 2020  Rookie Scouting Portfolio for $21.95.   If you’re a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2019 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that’s included at no additional charge.   Best yet, a percentage of each sale is set aside for a year-end donation to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse.  

    Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast: Scout Talk with Russ Lande (Coaches, Coordinators, QBs, and WRs)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2020 62:10


    This week's edition of Matt Waldman's RSP Cast Scout Talk with Russ Lande debates the merits of Daniel Jones and Carson Wentz, the value of head coaches and offensive coordinators, Lamar Jackson's current performance, and thoughts on a pair of intriguing wide receiver prospects for the 2021 NFL Draft.  If all financials were equal, would you rather be the head coach of Carson Wentz or Daniel Jones? What's more vital for NFL success a great head coach or an elite quarterback? These were the questions Footballguys.com owner Joe Bryant broached privately on our staff message board this week. I thought they were also good questions for me to discuss with former NFL and current CFL scout Russ Lande. Lande also added the value of offensive coordinator into the mix. Alex Gibbs, Bill Parcells, Marty Schottenheimer earned relevant mentions during this conversation about development and the role of the coach, the player, and the coordinator. We then discussed Lamar Jackson's 2020 season that has been in the spotlight because the public is reacting as if the 6-3 Ravens are 3-6. Is Jackson the problem? Is the staff? Or are both part of an imminent solution? And how long do we define 'imminent?' We finish the show with thoughts about a pair of big, strong, and tough wide receivers on the college scene: Wake Forest's Sage Surratt and Temple's Branden Mack. You may find Lande's comp for Surratt surprising in some respects and Waldman's thoughts on Mack esoteric but according to Lande, gets to the inner nature of the role of scouting. For the most in-depth analysis of offensive skill players available (QB, RB, WR, and TE), download the 2020  Rookie Scouting Portfolio for $21.95.   If you’re a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2019 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that’s included at no additional charge.   Best yet, a percentage of each sale is set aside for a year-end donation to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse.


    Matt Waldman’s RSP Quick Game: Week 10 with Mark Schofield

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2020 76:43

    Matt Waldman’s RSP Quick Game delivers a robust Week 10 episode with Mark Schofield that includes thoughts on several wide receivers, older running backs, and young quarterbacks. Mark Schofield and have a Week 10 Quick Game worth your listening pleasure: Tua Tagovailo's Week 9 performance. Miami's blitzing defense and the matchup with Justin Herbert. Matt's thoughts on Missouri WR Damon Hazelton, especially his underrated work against Alabama. Pick'em: DeAndre Hopkins, Stefon Diggs, or Keenan Allen. Pick'em: CeeDee Lamb, Chase Claypool, or Justin Jefferson. Pick'em: Mark Andrews, Darren Waller, or Hayden Hurst. Pick'em: Terry McLaurin, A.J. Brown, or Robert Woods. Will Panthers fans stop talking about drafting a quarterback? What were Mark and Matt's first paid writing gigs? Jake Luton's future. Bill Belichick deserving more time to right the ship? For the most in-depth analysis of offensive skill players available (QB, RB, WR, and TE), download the 2020  Rookie Scouting Portfolio for $21.95.   If you’re a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2019 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that’s included at no additional charge.   Best yet, a percentage of each sale is set aside for a year-end donation to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse.

    Matt Waldman’s Scout Talk with Russ Lande: NFL QB and WR Development Check-Ins

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2020 63:22

    Matt Waldman's RSP Cast brings back former NFL and current CFL scout Russ Lande for a 2020 season of Scout Talk. This week, they discuss the development trajectories of several NFL quarterbacks and receivers.  Russ Lande and I had a blast doing Scout Talk last year and have brought it back once again as a bi-weekly series for the 2020 football season and 2021 NFL Draft. This week, Russ and I discuss the talents, flaws, progress, and overall development trajectories of a trio of NFL quarterbacks and a pair of young wide receivers: Jared Goff Carson Wentz Lamar Jackson Chase Claypool D.K. Metcalf We also discuss the role of analytics, film study, game-planning, and cooperative development that has gone into the success or struggles with these players. We wrap up the episode with conversations about Clemson receiver Amari Rodgers and Florida tight end Kyle Pitts. For the most in-depth analysis of offensive skill players available (QB, RB, WR, and TE), download the 2020  Rookie Scouting Portfolio for $21.95.   If you’re a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2019 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that’s included at no additional charge.   Best yet, a percentage of each sale is set aside for a year-end donation to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse.

    Matt Waldman’s RSP Quick Game: Week 8 with Mark Schofield

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2020 89:32

    Matt Waldman's RSP Quick Game delivers a jam-packed Week 8 episode with Mark Schofield that includes can't-miss segments on the lack of reaction Dallas had to Washington cheap-shotting Andy Dalton, foiling Tampa's defense, and underrated college quarterbacks.  Mark Schofield and I reconvene for a Week 8 Quick Game that's filled to the brim with a ton of thoughts on football and a few non-football topics: Appetizer: Food/cocktails we enjoy making/eating right now. Antonio Brown's impact in Tampa Bay. Are the Steelers the team to beat in the AFC? Miami quarterback D'Eriq King. The secret to Tampa Bay's defense and how to attack it? The team that could be a great schematic matchup for the Buccaneers. Does Andy Dalton have a chance of succeeding in Dallas? Thoughts on the Cowboys not starting a fight after Washington cheap-shotted its quarterback. Dak Prescott's leadership and play look like a lot bigger deal for keeping Dallas competitive than many may have realized. Tua Tagovailoa: This year and beyond. Baker Mayfield Hope: True or False? Bengals, Texans, and Cowboys defenses. Matt Waldman and Matt Bowen's thoughts on Josh Allen facing zone defenses. Ryan Tannehill is the quarterback Vikings fans expected from Kirk Cousins. Thoughts on BYU QB Zach Wilson. The Rams backfield in the passing game. Where football media deserves criticism. Best traveling experiences. For the most in-depth analysis of offensive skill players available (QB, RB, WR, and TE), download the 2020  Rookie Scouting Portfolio for $21.95.   If you’re a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2019 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that’s included at no additional charge.   Best yet, a percentage of each sale is set aside for a year-end donation to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse.

    Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast: Running Back and Scout Talk with Nick Whalen, Dynasty Nerds

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2020 93:54

    Matt Waldman and Nick Whalen chop it up with a discussion about Jonathan Taylor's game, the underrated difficulty of the running back position and an in-depth geek session focused on various details of scouting football talent.  If you're an RSP long-timer, then you know Nick Whalen used to contribute to this site shortly after his days as a GA for Western Kentucky's football team. Nick writes at Dynasty Nerds, an excellent site with terrific video content, and he has started his own YouTube channel with football analysis episodes he calls "Reel Talk." Nick is also the author of the Devy Report, which you can find details for purchasing pinned to his Twitter account @_NickWhalen. A few weeks ago, Nick and I got together to watch Jonathan Taylor. Nick had recently done a video critiquing where Taylor had to grow as a prospect whereas I was recently trying to calm a segment of Indianapolis Colts fans who worried Taylor was the next Trent Richardson. As is often the case, Nick and I were approaching Taylor's game from opposite standpoints but winding up in the same place: Taylor is a talented back with more to learn, and he's exhibiting some rookie behaviors that need refinement. From that session, Nick and I learned things from each other about running back play that we shared in this podcast. We also discuss the underrated difficulty of learning the running back position that's too often overlooked. Later, we delve into the intricacies of evaluating talent. It's always great to catch up with Nick and we'll be doing a film session together in the near future. For the most in-depth analysis of offensive skill players available (QB, RB, WR, and TE), download the 2020  Rookie Scouting Portfolio for $21.95.   If you’re a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2019 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that’s included at no additional charge.   Best yet, a percentage of each sale is set aside for a year-end donation to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse.

    Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast Quick Game: 2020 NFL Week 6 with Mark Schofield

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2020 61:59

    Matt Waldman's RSP Cast returns with the Quick Game podcast featuring Mark Schofield that includes an hour of conversation about mobile quarterbacks, 2020's rookie receivers, and why Schofield's high school game ball is deflated.  Mark Schofield and I always have a good time on the Quick Game. This week, we keep it to an hour and talk a lot of NFL and NFL prospect quarterbacking: Is Patrick Mahomes falling into a bad habit? Thoughts about Derek Carr and the Raiders vertical game. Why Minnesota and Jacksonville are perfect fits for Justin Jefferson and Laviska Shenault, respectively. Matt's impressions of CeeDee Lamb and Gabriel Davis. Could Tua Tagovailoa's landing spot in Miami prove a better long-term situation for his development than Joe Burrow? Do quarterbacks have to be mobile to play in the NFL and what does 'mobile' mean to Mark and Matt? Is Philip Rivers done? Which NFL reserve quarterback would Mark and Matt like to see starting in the league and for which teams? Why the football on Mark's basement shelf is deflated? For the most in-depth analysis of offensive skill players available (QB, RB, WR, and TE), download the 2020  Rookie Scouting Portfolio for $21.95.   If you’re a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2019 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that’s included at no additional charge.   Best yet, a percentage of each sale is set aside for a year-end donation to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse.

    Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast: NFL Film and Data with Dwain McFarland

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2020 116:40


    Matt Waldman and Dwain McFarland bring back the RSP NFL Film and Data podcast for a look at various players through the first month of the 2020 season.  Whether you play fantasy football or you're a diehard NFL fan, this is the podcast of the week when it comes to the quality of insights you'll get from Dwain's data insights and my film breakdowns. Here are the topics from this two-hour podcast: Is Clyde Edwards-Helaire's value on the rise or is he who we've seen thus far? Will James Conner earn bell-cow touches or do the Steelers have a firm cap on his weekly volume? Why is James Robinson "Dollar Store Joe Mixon," in fantasy leagues despite having a different style and talent level? Has A.J. Green lost a step? Does he still have on-field value? Why isn't he a great match for Joe Burrow's talents? Tee Higgins' role is emerging, but how does he fit within this offense? Why is Robert Tonyan having quality production, and when and how may that change? What makes Justin Herbert a compelling rookie and why is Keenan Allen feeling giddy? Why is Daniel Jones a quarterback horror story that fantasy players should abandon after the Dallas game? Are Teddy Bridgewater and the Panthers offense on the rise? Why Robby Anderson isn't a fluke and D.J. Moore GMs should hold steady. Drew Brees is fine and Emmanuel Sanders is worth your patience. Josh Allen deserves praise for his improvement but what must Matt see that Allen hasn't faced this year that Dwain was able to access data that validated Matt's point? As I said, it's a great pod. Tune in and enjoy. For the most in-depth analysis of offensive skill players available (QB, RB, WR, and TE), download the 2020  Rookie Scouting Portfolio for $21.95.   If you’re a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2019 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that’s included at no additional charge.   Best yet, a percentage of each sale is set aside for a year-end donation to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse.


    The RSP Quick Game Week 4 with Mark Schofield and Matt Waldman

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2020 77:57

    Mark Schofield and Matt Waldman renew the RSP Cast Quick game with this Week 4 discussion that covers the NFL gamut. We're back, and Mark Schofield has his Minshew game face. The 2020 Quick Game is underway with football talk covering the NFL and the NFL Draft. We know you'll love this week's run-down: Is Nick Mullens better than Jimmy Garoppolo? James Robinson's long-term outlook. Hakeem Butler...tight end? What are some common mistakes NFL teams make with talent evaluation? Why are completion rates historically high and does a lack of holding calls factor into the data? Is there a way to staunch the defensive bleeding? Was the Jaguars egg-laying performance against the Dolphins an end to Minshew Mania? Is Drew Brees washed-up? Thoughts on Cam Newton and Russell Wilson. Expectations for Brett Rypien. Our defenders of the month. Why Mark loves German cuisine and why Matt loves Vietnamese cuisine. Who instilled our passion for sports? What we'd be doing for a living in an alternate reality. If you’re a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2019 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that’s included at no additional charge.   Best yet, a percentage of each sale is set aside for a year-end donation to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse.  

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